A CT scan is a diagnostic imaging test that is used to uncover medical conditions of internal organs, bones, soft tissue and blood vessels. Technically referred to as computer assisted tomography, the CT offers greater clarity and more detail than regular x-ray exams. At MDI Hospital, we use a state-of-the-art 64 slice CT scanner that greatly improves diagnostic abilities while reducing radiation exposure and improving patient comfort.
In some cases, your doctor may request that a dye is used to provide contrast in the scan. This is most frequently administered through an IV or by mouth. For exams that require contrast, an additional blood test is typically required to evaluate your kidney function prior to your CT scan.
In most cases, fasting before your exam is not necessary however special instructions may be provided by your doctor if you are a diabetic or have allergies.
Wear comfortable clothing around the area to be scanned. You may also be asked to wear a gown.
Learn more about CT scanning technology from the www.radiologyinfo.org.